Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Two friends from Ashton are running marathons, navigating freezing canals in a canoe and even climbing Mount Everest (albeit virtually) in a bid to raise £10,000 for disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester.

Ian French, 42, and Steve Reid, 39, have been balancing their busy lives by training tirelessly at the weekend, currently clocking 40 miles by canoe through Ashton canal in preparation for their challenge.

From the 27th of January they will be paddling day and night to cover the 167-mile route from Leeds to Manchester, hoping to cut through Liverpool starting on the 27th January.

Armed with an arctic tent and support vehicle, Ian and Steve have given themselves plenty of options to get to their destination on the 2nd of February – just in case the canals freeze over.

Ian, who last year also ran the Stockport and Manchester Half Marathons with his mate, said the charity is incredibly close to their hearts, being fathers themselves.

He said: “I have a little girl and Steve has sons, we’re both family men and luckily our children have all the support and finances to help them.

“Unfortunately some of these children in Manchester have no families or come from struggling backgrounds, so we wanted to do our little bit to help local kids.

The money stays in this area and will be to donated to children in our community who are dealing with issues such as poverty, abuse, neglect and short life expectancy, aiming to give them great experiences in life.”

The duo are also set to take on an 11 hour virtual climb of Mount Everest in March which will be followed by two full marathons in Manchester and Milton Keynes in April and May.

They already have had some support from businesses, such as Senior Aerospace in Poynton, who’ve paid the entry fee for all marathons, and from branded gear from Totally T Shirts in Stockport – but are appealing for further sponsorship to help them achieve their goal.

Ian added: “Whether you’re a big business who would like to sponsor us or simply a Joe Bloggs on the street who could spare £5, every little bit helps our cause.”

So far the pair have raised £2,081, but are still seeking donations.

If you’d like to help, you can give directly at: https://tinyurl.com/y6umeo3u or give Ian a call on: 07872418548


MONDAY 21 January, also known as Blue Monday is officially the most depressing day of the year – the dark days and cold temperatures are enough to make anyone feel down.

But rather than keep your feelings bottled up, Specsavers in Hyde is urging residents not to hold back their tears on Blue Monday, as not only does a good cry offer a relief of emotion, but it can do wonders for your eye health too.

Specsavers clinical spokesperson Dr Nigel Best says: ‘When we don’t have enough tears to lubricate our eyes they can become dry and irritated and we can even start to get slightly blurred vision.’

This dryness which occurs when we do not have enough lubrication in our eyes is often referred to as dry eye syndrome, and can be extremely uncomfortable.

Dr Best says: ‘When an individual has a dry eye the surface of the eye becomes inflamed. This inflammation further damages the cells which are responsible for tear production, resulting in a vicious circle of increasing inflammation and dryness.’

However not only do our tears help with this lubrication but they can help keep our eyes clean too. Dr Best adds: ‘Tears are so important as they can wash away foreign matter that might come into contact with your eye and they also help reduce the risk of eye infections.’


Dr Best has some additional tips for general eye health this New Year:

Something fishy

Dry eye syndrome occurs when we do not have enough lubrication in our eyes. However, eating fish high in omega 3 fatty acids can help.

Dr Best says: ‘When an individual has a dry eye the surface of the eye becomes inflamed. This inflammation further damages the cells which are responsible for tear production, resulting in a vicious circle of increasing inflammation and dryness.

‘It is well documented that omega 3 essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and therefore may offer some degree of protection against dry eye. A large epidemiological study in the USA found that women who consumed five servings of tuna per week were at a 68% reduced risk of suffering from dry eyes.’

Get some sleep

Do you ever feel your eyes twitching from time to time? These spasms are known as myokymia and can often be uncomfortable and distracting, and they are often caused by a lack of sleep.

Dr Best says: ‘It’s essential that we all get enough sleep as it give our bodies an opportunity to rest – including our eye muscles, which will help to stop them from twitching.’

Have an avocado

The wondrous super food has been a breakfast staple for millennials everywhere. But rather than just being a tasty way to start the day – and of course providing countless photo opportunities for the ‘gram – the trusty avocado is actually great for your eyes.

Dr Best says: ‘Avocados are a huge food trend, which is great news for our eyes. Not only are avocados rich in zinc and vitamin B which help stave off cataracts, but they also have a high amount of lutein.

‘Research suggests lutein is a carotenoid which helps filter our blue light, helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration.’

Go for a walk

Not only is exercising good for your overall health but it’s good for your eyes too. Dr Best says: ‘Studies have shown that regular exercise, such as walking, can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70% and it can also decrease the risk of age-related cataracts too.’

To book your next appointment at Specsavers Hyde visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Hyde


Hyde United FC is a long established football club built on uniquely strong local community bonds, which has, since it became community owned, introduced many excellent family friendly and local school sports initiatives as well as delivering educational opportunities via their academy system.

Kicking off at 3.00pm this Saturday, (20th January 2019) Hyde United FC will be home to Witton Albion FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, the Directors of the club are pleased to announce that Admission for kids will once again be free, when accompanied by an adult!

Please come along and enjoy a day of live football at Ewen Fields.


PARENTS attending with KIDS : £5.00

Come along to the concessions turnstile, give your name and the school your child attends.


If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to get fit, Willow Wood’s Back to the Fitness on Sunday 3 February is a great way to kick start your new regime.

Held at Astley Sports Village, so you’ll have no problems in parking, Back to the Fitness is two challenges in one day.  First up is the 80s themed Zumbathon, so dig out those leg warmers.  Fluorescent head and wrist bands are included in the price ensuring you’ll all look the part as you show off your best moves.  It’s a great aerobic workout and burns up to 600 calories per hour, so the routine will really help you shape up for Spring.

Continuing through the decades there’s a 90s Clubberthon challenge in the afternoon with all your favourites club classics.  Glow sticks are included and it’ll be a real high energy workout.

If you really want to look the part, you can order a limited edition T shirt like our lovely fundraising assistant Charlotte is wearing.  You’ll have to be quick though, we’ve only got 250 of them.

Both the challenges are two hours long with a fee of £6 each.  If you’re fit enough to handle two, they’re discounted to just £10 for both the 80s Zumbathon and the 90s Clubberthon.

These fun and fantastic events are fundraisers for Willow Wood; the entry fee just covers the cost of the day and we’re relying on your support to help us continue our loving care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

If you don’t feel you could raise much in sponsorship, why not take one of our fundraising cards?  They’re a really easy way to raise funds for us and with a cash prize to the winner, friends and colleagues can easily be persuaded to hand over £2 each.  As a special thank you for taking part, we’re offering a refund of the entry fee to everyone who raises £100 or more.

It’s really easy to sign up.  Just go to our website, www.willowwood.info to find out more, and to register online, quickly, easily and securely. 


If you are an existing trader looking for great opportunities or a new business looking for your first location, then Glossop Indoor Market offers you a great opportunity to trade in a great, long established and traditional location.  

What’s more, with both the indoor trading hall and outdoor stalls undergoing refurbishment, there’s no better time to lease one of the currently available stalls.

The current business scheme in Glossop’s Indoor Market provides support to new start-up traders who are looking to start their business in the area. This initiative is to encourage new traders offering currently under-represented products.

The indoor market now benefits from a busy, intimate atmosphere, where there is everything you could ever need; all served by very friendly stall owners selling excellent produce.

Over the years, the small Derbyshire market town of Glossop has an impressive start-up record. Many who chose to start their businesses by taking advantage of a stall within the towns Indoor Market, used the Indoor Market as a starting point before moving on to larger premises on the high street.

Currently, there are a range of stalls available, including non-food retail, food retail and other units. 

These vary in size from 60 (sqft) to 170 (sqft) with rents available from £160 per month to £260 per month, with no Legal fees and flexible monthly payment plans and Agreements.

Glossop Indoor Market, is a fine example of a typically British market where local retailers have come together in a space to offer a unique shopping experience for even the most hard to please. From Fine Art original artwork to Coffee and Cakes, Fresh and Processed Meats to Bakery and Retro-Sweets; Printed Clothing and Confectionary and a wide range of British and Continental Cheeses; there’s bound to be something to satisfy the most discerning shopper.

That’s what makes Glossop Market the ideal place to begin entrepreneurial journeys.

For further information: email colin.deeley@highpeak.gov.uk

The Tameside firm is a finalist in the Private Client Team of the Year and the Pro Bono/Community Initiative categories.

The 10th annual awards have attracted a record number of entries and will be presented at a gala dinner at Manchester’s Midland Hotel on Thursday, March 7.

At last year’s ceremony, Bromleys was crowned Small Law Firm of the Year.

Senior partner Mark Hirst said: “We are truly delighted and thrilled to be shortlisted at the 2019 Manchester Legal Awards.

“Having won the Small Law Firm of the Year category in 2018, we decided this year to enter our private client team in recognition of its strong growth and specialist expertise, and the Pro Bono/Community Initiative category following a hugely successful year for our flourishing Access to Free Legal Advice programme combined with our increasing involvement in community-based projects.

“The fact that we have been shortlisted for both awards reflects the strength of our team and the commitment of everyone at the firm to the community initiatives that we run.

“It’s great to be recognised for these achievements by the panel of independent judges and we are all looking forward to the awards ceremony.”

The past 12 months have seen Bromleys pick up a series of accolades.

The firm was crowned Professional Services Business of the Year at the 2018 Pride of Tameside Business Awards.

In addition, Bromleys has retained Investors in People Gold status and the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.


After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site, www.hydecommunitymatters.com, will automatically be redirected to the new site, www.localcommunitymatters.com

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”


We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.


  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email: roger@localcommunitymatters.com

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.


Learning to paint in watercolour has changed the lives of many adults across the borough, as art can be hugely therapeutic through creative expression.

If you have ever wanted to paint in watercolour but didn’t know where to start; consider yourself a beginner in need of guidance, well, the watercolour class at The People’s Gallery, in Stalybridge may be just what you are looking for.

All you need is a few tubes of paint, brushes and paper, and once you’ve gained a basic understanding of drawing, you will soon be on the way to confidently tackling your chosen subjects what can be a difficult and frustrating medium.

This beginners course at The Peoples’ Gallery in Stalybridge is held in a friendly, easy-going studio, and is designed to accommodate small relaxed classes of around 6-8 students who all receive maximum attention.

The course gives a broad approach to painting with watercolours which students find informative and inspirational, with individual attention designed to teach the students how to gain the maximum enjoyment of art alongside the guidance to gain those technical skills needed to enhance their art.



Learning to paint in watercolour is the starting point for many aspiring artists.

There’s no doubt, when an artist has control of watercolour, the results can be quite surprising as it’s one of the most rewarding and accessible mediums to work in.

Watercolour is a lovely medium, but to get the most out of it you need some ‘know how’ and this is what is passed-on in these classes. Students are shown how to paint in watercolour using demonstrations, step-by-step and individual help, and cover a variety of subjects.


Watercolour Classes are on Thursday mornings from 10.00am till 12.00pm, cost £12 per lesson payable on the day, or book a 5 week course and get a 20% discount (£48.00 instead of £60.00)

To book your place, please email: roger@localcommunitymatters.com or book directly with The Peoples’ Gallery on: Tel: 0161 338 3888

The Peoples’ Gallery, 2 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire.


A group of Hyde Businesses have come together to raise money for local homeless organisation Infinity Initiatives in support of Greystones, dosage the homeless charity, through a cheeky charity calendar.

The calendar now on sale from Paper Tulips and other Hyde retailers, feature a fun group of very brave ladies from local craft based businesses who collectively now call themselves “The Crafty Girls of Hyde”

Over the last few weeks, the ladies have stripped down in front of the lens to produce a calendar girl’s style, naked calendar.

A different business appears every month with ladies from the business posing along with strategically placed craft supplies, in photos shot on location at local business venues.

Karen Dorney, owner of Paper Tulips was the driving force ‘behind’ the project who ‘unveiled’ at the launch, the reason it came into being.


Speaking to a lively audience at the press launch about the Crafty Girls calendar venture, she said, “We really wanted to do something to help Infinity Initiatives. The work that they do locally around homelessness and homeless prevention is extremely important and we thought it was vital; to not just raise money but to make a bold statement to highlight awareness of the work they do. The calendar was an idea we started just 4 weeks ago and it snowballed to include 20 of our local Artisan Crafters.”

There are an estimated 1000 homeless children in Greater Manchester living in emergency accommodation right now according to one media report and last year the number of people sleeping rough rose by an estimated 50% across Greater Manchester. Talking about the work they do, Gemma Clayton, Director of Infinity Initiatives says, “Sadly homelessness is a growing problem across the UK. Our work covers the practical side of providing shelter, food and clothing but also a lot of what we do is prevention, working with hard to reach families, providing debt advice, skills workshops and courses on independent living. Primarily, our aim is to help people to get their lives back on track and ensure that it’s is sustainable.”

The team have set a sales target of £7000 and they’re well on the way because so far, the Crafty Girls have raised £1,300 to cover the production of the calendar and this has largely been through the generosity of around 30 local businesses. The calendar is now on sale on the website, https://hydecalendars.com/in Paper Tulips and in some local shops, costing £7.50 with all proceeds go to Infinity Initiatives homelessness projects.

Speaking about the calendar project, Gemma Clayton added, “We cannot thank the Crafty Girls of Hyde enough for putting together the calendar project. This support from local business is fantastic to see and I hope we can build on this positivity to provide opportunities for some of the people we work with. The money raised will enable us to keep helping local people and will go towards preventing people from ending up on our streets.”

Order your Crafty Girls of Hyde calendar today, by visiting: https://hydecalendars.com/